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Opportunities for FMCG from Family Dollar sale

Customer consolidation, of course, can present challenges and US grocery manufacturers, so keen to up their presence in dollar stores, may h...

On the money: Danone denies strategy overhaul

French dairy giant Danone has insisted it is not mulling a radical overhaul of strategy as it battles issues at its European dairy and Asian...

On the money: Unilever shifting into growth spots

Unilever hopes to rejuvenate its lacklustre food sales in developed markets by using innovation to move its brands into the growth spots of...

On the money: Hershey confident in NPD pipeline

Hershey has expressed confidence its planned innovation pipeline will deliver growth in the longer term, even if its latest price increase m...


Sustainability Watch: Ceres' latest report on food 30 Jul 2014

Ben Cooper

Gaining Ground, a report produced by sustainability thinktank Ceres and investment analysts Sustainalytics, compares the performance of 613 US companies and looks at comparative performance across different sectors. Ben Cooper asked Andrea Moffat, vice president of the corporate programme at Ceres and author of the report, how the food and beverage sector is faring.


Focus: Sticky issues remain in EU-US free trade talks 24 Jul 2014

Andrew Byrne

European food manufacturers welcomed progress on a transatlantic free trade deal at a meeting of negotiators and business leaders in Brussels last week. However, the EU food sector also took the opportunity to warn that US non-tariff barriers need scrapping to enable exporters to take full advantage of an agreement. Andrew Byrne reports.


On the money: Bimbo forecasts US volume recovery 24 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo, after seeing underlying sales volumes in the US come under pressure during the first six months of the year, has predicted improvement in the second half.


In the spotlight: Progress but Campbell faces critical questions 23 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Campbell Soup Co., the US-based food group, is a business that has, in recent years, attempted to reshape its portfolio more towards faster-growing categories. And, with growth from its core operations still below the company's targets, the signs are it is ready to take more action. However, with further expansion comes choices, Dean Best writes.


On the money: Can Premier build H2 sales momentum? 22 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc has faced challenging conditions and weak sales in the first six months of the year. However, CEO Gavin Darby believes that a jump in the UK group's marketing investment and the roll-out of new products in the back half of the year will reverse its fortunes. Katy Askew reports.


On the move: What's in store from Tesco's new CEO? 21 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke is to step down from the UK retailer, with the announcement made this morning (21 July) alongside another profit warning. Clarke will be replaced by Unilever executive Dave Lewis in October. While investors have responded positively to the news, manufacturers doing business in the UK may be waiting with baited breath to see if Lewis will respond to Tesco's strategic problems by extending its price focus. Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Steady as she goes at Cloetta 18 Jul 2014

Dean Best

As the dust settles after Cloetta's merger with Leaf, the company does face a battle eking out growth in its key markets. However, it has set its sights on small, bolt-on deals in niche categories, rather than pushing the boat out and setting sail for growth in emerging markets.


In the spotlight: Lindt plays safe with Russell Stover buy 17 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Lindt & Sprungli's acquisition of US confectioner Russell Stover Candies has come as a surprise to analysts. It is the Swiss group's first purchase for 16 years and one in a developed, rather than emerging, market. However, Lindt believes it would be have been foolish to pass on the opportunity and expansion in developing markets is still on the cards. Hannah Abdulla finds out what prompted Lindt to dust off its chequebook.


BRICs and beyond: Malaysia, Thailand eye growing global halal market 11 Jul 2014

Jens Kastner

The global market for halal food is expected to grow from US$698bn in 2012 to reach US$830bn in 2016, according to Malaysia's department of Islamic development, and manufacturers in its country and neighbouring Thailand are competing to service this demand. Jens Kastner reports.


BRICs and beyond: Eyeing Egypt: Why firms are queueing up to invest 10 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

A new president and a revised investor law for Egypt appears to be restoring business confidence. Last month three food and beverage giants announced plans to invest in expanding operations in the country. But with a growing population and high levels of unemployment, plus a cut in fuel subsidies that could put pressure on the average citizen's pocket, is now really the right time to be eyeing Egypt? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Focus: Manufacturers must adapt offering for online 10 Jul 2014

Andrew Don

Food manufacturers have been confronted with the meteoric rise of the e-commerce channel in the UK. A rude awakening awaits those that tackle the online challenge with a bricks-and-mortar mentality, Andrew Don suggests.


BRICs and beyond: Carrefour exit highlights continued challenges in India 9 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Carrefour's move to exit India underlines the ongoing challenges international retailers and food manufacturers face in the market where restrictions on foreign direct investment and a lack of infrastructure are curbing the development of modern retail. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Why TreeHouse is well-placed after Flagstone deal 3 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Since the inception of TreeHouse Foods in 2005, the US private-label group has snapped up businesses supplying the centre of the store. Now, the company has used M&A to secure a foothold in the perimeter - with the potential for further deals.


BRICs and beyond: Is there still opportunity in China's biscuit market? 27 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

China's biscuit market has seen rapid growth in recent years. However, as the category matures the pace of expansion is slowing. With category leader Mondelez International struggling, is there still room for growth in the sector? Katy Askew reports.


Sustainability Watch: Supply chain focus comes down to four-letter word 27 Jun 2014

Ben Cooper

Among all the sustainability issues food companies are addressing, agricultural supply chains are month by month becoming an ever more predominant focus. In his fiftieth Sustainability Watch feature, Ben Cooper reflects on why.


In the spotlight: UK examining more radical levers to cut sugar intake 26 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

The UK government's policy on high sugar foods has once again been placed front and centre as new research argues the advice for the recommended intake of added sugar should be halved. Government agency Public Health England has responded with a pledge to further probe measures to support sugar reduction, including tightened controls around advertising and promotions - as well as "fiscal levers" such as a sugar tax. Katy Askew reports.


Talking shop: Sainsbury's tries to shore up flank with Netto JV 24 Jun 2014

Dean Best

In a surprise move, Sainsbury's has reacted to the continued growth of discount retailers in the UK with a venture to bring the Netto banner back to the country. Sainsbury's and Netto owner Dansk Supermarked will launch a clutch of stores on a trial basis but Netto, which struggled on its previous visit to the UK, faces even stronger competitors now. Dean Best reports.


Focus: Thai seafood scandal puts food supply chains back in the dock 20 Jun 2014

Ben Cooper

Harrowing accounts of forced labour, torture and murder on board fishing boats providing feed for the massive Thai shrimp industry have shocked the public and given the global food industry tough questions to answer about its ability to ensure ethical standards in complex supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.


BRICs and beyond: The long-term gluten-free opportunity in Russia 13 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Gluten-free is currently a bright spot of strong growth in the largely stagnant developed markets of the US and western Europe. However, as the category matures it is becoming an increasingly crowded space. As such, many forward-looking gluten-free specialists have an eye on fresh markets that will offer the next phase of growth for the sector. Russia is one such market. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Brazil a tough nut to crack for gluten-free foods 11 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Brazil with its vast population and a growing middle class with increasing health concerns, has huge opportunities in the gluten-free sector. But legislation requiring each and every food and drink product in the nation to be labelled gluten-free or not gluten-free has posed significant difficulties for specialist gluten-free firms looking to break into the country and make their ranges stand-out. Is there a future for gluten-free specialists in Brazil? Hannah Abdulla explores.


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